Fluvial Storm

by Ned Kahn

Shape the sand by spinning the globe. On land or under water, sand dunes and ripples form when small bumps make the wind or water passing by undulate, carving hills and valleys into the sand. If you spin the globe quickly for about ten seconds, and then stop it suddenly, you'll see ripples form and march slowly around the bottom edge of the globe. Desert sand dunes also "walk" in this way, pushed by wind instead of water.


Dimensions: 32 " x 48" 28" Weight: 370 lbs.

Artist's Comments: The confluence of science and art has fascinated me throughout my career. For the last fifteen years, I have developed a body of work inspired by atmospheric physics, geology, astronomy, and fluid motion. I strive to create artworks that enable viewers to observe and interact with natural processes. I am less interested in creating an alternative reality than I am in capturing, through my art, the mysteriousness of the world around us.

My artworks frequently incorporate flowing water, fog, sand, 
and light to create complex and continually changing systems. 
Many of these works can be seen as "observatories" in that they 
frame and enhance our perception of natural phenomena. I am 
intrigued with the way patterns can emerge when things flow. 
These patterns are not static objects, they are patterns of 
behavior-recurring themes in the repertoire of nature.